Ellen Page on Playing Kitty Pryde

After the thriller Hard Candy played at the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals last year, 18-year-old Ellen Page from Nova Scotia suddenly found herself getting a lot of attention. One role that came out of it was to become the third actress to play Kitty Pryde AKA Shadowcat in the upcoming X-Men: The Last Stand.

Superhero Hype! recently spoke to Page, who was in New York promoting Hard Candy about what went into playing the role, particularly the phasing thing. “There’s actually not that much green screen,” she admitted. “Obviously, my running through walls skill isn’t completely honed, so yeah, there’s green screen holes in walls. But it was fun to act in leather suits.”

Page’s character in Hard Candy, a 14-year-old who winds up in a cat-and-mouse game with a sexual predator, is a real badass, and we wondered if we’d see that intensity carried over to Kitty. “No, I don’t plan on carrying Haley onto anything else, obviously,” she said. “I would like to be very separated from that.”

Since the Kitty Pryde played by two other actresses only had a cameo in the first two “X-Men” movies, we asked if she has a larger part in the new movie and whether she might appear in some of the planned prequels. “Of course, yeah, a little more,” she responded to the first part, but wasn’t so sure about the second query. “I do have a multiple picture thingie, but it doesn’t mean that those movies will [happen]… but to be honest, you know about as much as I do.”

X-Men: The Last Stand opens on May 26, but you can taste for Ellen Page (so to speak) in Hard Candy, which opens in limited release on April 7.

Source: Edward Douglas